166 Photos - Jan 22, 2015
Photo: Map of Pushpagiri trek pathsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Climbing up!Photo: On the way upPhoto: Climbing up.. Ladies have the big tent. I have the small tent.Photo: Climbing up.. Ladies have the big tentPhoto: Photo: Rest timePhoto: Rest time of BharathVideo: Photo: Climbing upPhoto: We were 2 hours into the climbPhoto: Rest time while climbing in Pushpagiri forest of KodaguPhoto: Smiling ladies!Photo: After 2 hours of climbingPhoto: Still smiles.. before the steep climbPhoto: Nice forest to climbPhoto: Climb and restPhoto: At the first big boulder (mini hill) at Pushpagiri forestPhoto: Photo: Here's my star lens!Photo: Climbing the first big (really big) boulderPhoto: Northern view from top of the big boulderPhoto: Beautiful wester ghatsPhoto: Photo: Ettappa :)Photo: Photo: Yes.. bring that tent up please.. Just 15 KG :)Photo: I did it!Photo: At the second big boulderPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Veteran climberPhoto: Rest after a steep climbPhoto: Photo: rest timePhoto: rest timePhoto: That's Shesha Parvata.. Visible from Kukke temple tooPhoto: Worthy rest after the second steepest climbPhoto: Yes.. peak of Kumara Parvata almost visiblePhoto: Yes.. peak of Kumara Parvata almost visiblePhoto: We made it! Time for Jai Shri Ram flag, Bharath :)Photo: At the top of Kumara Parvata!!Photo: At the top of Kumara Parvata!!Photo: Shiva Linga at the top of Kumara ParvataPhoto: Om Namah  Shivaya at Kumara ParvataPhoto: Djokovich cousins at the top :)Photo: Shiva!Photo: Yes.. at the top of Kumara ParvataPhoto: Photo: Photo: You see, that's where we climbed up in 4.5 hoursPhoto: That's the forest gate at Somavarpet from where we climbed to the peak of Kumara ParvataPhoto: That's the forest gate at Somavarpet from where we climbed to the peak of Kumara ParvataPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: See closely at that Kodagu district forest gatePhoto: Some nice shoot. Incredible view from the top. Worth every bit of sweat to climb!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Incredible view from the top. Worth every bit of sweat to climb!Photo: Incredible view from the top. Worth every bit of sweat to climb!Photo: On the way to Shesha parvataPhoto: Hasirina bana sirige olidu.. soundarya sarasake dharegilidu! Mother nature :)Photo: Tired.. but loving it.Photo: What a view from the top of western ghatsPhoto: View from Shesha parvata of those climbing Kumara parvataPhoto: This is Siddhara betta - Impossible to climb!Photo: View from Shesha parvataPhoto: Hey... not that close guys. 4000 feet of fall if you slip!Photo: Hey... not that close guys. 4000 feet of fall if you slip!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: View of the climb down to Kukke Subrahmanya in Dakshina Kannada districtPhoto: Trying some stunts at the topPhoto: Siddhara Betta.. Impossible to climb, but breathtaking to viewPhoto: Hey.. that's our path from Shesha parvata down.Photo: Photo: Here starts our biggest challenge. Just 1 KM from Shesha parvata.Photo: 2 KM down.. View of Siddhara BettaPhoto: Getting tough to climb down. Pebbles, slippery rock. Ankle painingPhoto: After 2 hours.. Here's the Mantapa. Wanted to camp here. But little water. So moved onPhoto: Photo: 3 hours climb down.. We can see Bhattara Mane (house) finally.. Another 1.5 hours to get therePhoto: Finally near Bhattara Mane. Exhausted.. But carrying camps finally made sense.Photo: Waiting for sunset near Bhattara Mane. AwesomePhoto: We did 7 KM climb up + 13 KM climb down till here!Photo: Photo: Yes.. I did 20 KM in one day, with 2100 ft climb and maybe 3000 ft climb down!Photo: Tired, but smilingPhoto: Surya bhagawan :)Photo: View from Bhattara Mane areaPhoto: Sun setPhoto: 100s still climbing up or down at sunset. This is the toughest stretch!Photo: Cheers :)Photo: Nice picturePhoto: Hey.. she was good in trekking and also catching surya bhagawan :)Photo: Is she eating too?Photo: Yes.. eating surya!Photo: Tired bodies.. but a sense of accomplishment.Photo: Fun timePhoto: After 2100 feet climb and 3000 down, we can say.. we did it (another 5 KM to go)Photo: Smile..Photo: Nice smilesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: SeriousPhoto: Photo: Photo: Very serious :)Photo: After anna saaru, nice star gazing sleep in the tent, starting next morning journeyPhoto: Bhattara Mane (Bhatta's Home) the life saving food joint near the elephant corridor!Photo: Sun rise at Bhattara Mane area. 5 KM from KukkePhoto: Climb downPhoto: Welcome Surya bhagawanPhoto: Welcome Surya bhagawanPhoto: Welcome Surya bhagawanPhoto: Welcome Appa SuryaPhoto: Fabulous weather.. Tired and paining legs.. still.Photo: Yes we can climb down in 3 hours now!Photo: Jungle again below Bhattara Mane area. steep climbPhoto: Sun smiling at usPhoto: Group snap at sunrisePhoto: We can almost see KukkePhoto: Bheemana Bande!Photo: Selfie at Bheemana Bande (Bheema's rock). Fantastic viewPhoto: Selfie at Bheemana Bande (Bheema's rock). Fantastic viewPhoto: You see how I see from Bheemana BandePhoto: Bheemana Bande is simply awesome to rest!Photo: Over Bheemana BandePhoto: Over Bheemana BandePhoto: Over Bheemana Bande.. Hey.. not here!Photo: Over Bheemana BandePhoto: Sun following all alongPhoto: Photo: Photo: Almost there.Photo: At the other end of our trek. We did it!Photo: We did it! Climbed down from 5735 feet, at least 4000 feet till this point!Photo: 7 KM uphill trek to 5700+ feet, and 18 KM down hill trek in 27 hours :)Photo: Yes.. we made it down!Photo: Most refreshing swim and bath at Kumara Dhara river at Kukke.Photo: Swim and fun at Kumara Dhara river. Then templePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: On the way back to BengaluruPhoto: Before Sri ranga pattna.. Sunset